Re: Recruiter (?) Sets people up for identity theft!

Subject: Re: Recruiter (?) Sets people up for identity theft!
From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:35:16 -0500

Hi:Yes, AT&T has the same requirement, at least the last time that I was
contacted for a position with them. The recruiter asked the same thing, and
I refused. But then, he didn't want to give me his social security number
either when I asked him for it! Yes, I am a wiseass :-)

Nowadays, I might request that I be allowed to send the number directly to
the HR department via a secure fax or encrypted zip file. And thanks for the
info about Dell. I had wondered about that. I interviewed with them for a
year-long contract position a while ago, and discovered that the HR
department does all the interviews, and you never get to talk to the
department manager at all. She was allowed to "listen in" I was told, but I
could not talk to her directly. Since it was a long contract, and I would be
working for someone every day that I was not allowed to talk to, I declined
to go any further with the interview process. Dell's pay is famous for being
very low for technical communication professionals. That is interesting,
because other positions pay quite well there.

PT

On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:55 PM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

>
> Not quite. Sometimes they want to see if you're a potential trouble spot
> from a previous job. Dell Computers, for example. If you disclose that you
> have worked for Dell earlier, they insist on getting your SSN before the
> will complete the application process. Supposedly, they want to check their
> records and see if you were a problem during the previous job. But in any
> case, you should never disclose your SSN through insecure means.
>
> Does anyone know if AT&T does this SSN requirement? I recently had a phone
> call from a supposed recruiter, about a job opening with AT&T in Illinois.
> We had a conversatin about the job and my background for about 20 minutes,
> then he said that he needed my SSN. I absolutely refused to disclose it
> under any circumstances, and I haven't heard back from them since. I may
> have cost myself a job, but I also may have protected myself from being
> robbed blind, so I guess it evens out.
>
>
> --- On Mon, 6/15/09, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> >
> > What the SSN is used for is a background check, which
> > companies only
> > do as the final step before hire. All you have to do is
> >
>
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